Retreat to Dartmoor

The benefits to our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of being immersed in nature and the countryside, are now well documented.

Retreat to Dartmoor is based in Sampford Spiney, a small, quiet, beautiful moorland hamlet on the south west corner of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, just 10 minutes from the market town of Tavistock. Dartmoor National Park is a vast, stunningly beautiful, unspoilt moorland (368 square miles/954 km²) of craggy landscapes, defined by ancient forests, rivers, wetlands and energy filled tors (rock formations). The Moor is grazed year-round by free ranging sheep, ponies and cattle.

Sampford Manor is an ancient house that dates back to the 12th Century. There is in fact a record of a dwelling on the site recorded in the Doomsday book. One of the previous owners of the Manor was Sir Francis Drake.

One of the beautiful old stone barns now houses the practise room, creating a space that whilst rustic, feels loaded with history and shakti (energy). This is where most classes take place, although some of the retreat sessions and workshops take place at The Old National School which is just a stone’s throw away from the Manor, situated immediately in front of the Church.

The buildings and location make the setting for ‘Retreat to Dartmoor’ a truly unique space within which to retreat……… rest, recharge and recalibrate.

How to Find Us

Sampford Manor

Sampford Spiney



PL20 6LH

By Car

We are 10 minutes onto Dartmoor from Tavistock and just 20 minutes from the A30. If using SatNav, the postcode will do a really good job of getting you to us. When you “arrive at your destination”, you are looking for old granite buildings just set back from the lane.

By Rail

If travelling by rail for a weekend retreat or a daily workshop with overnight accommodation, pick ups can be arranged from either Plymouth or Exeter St David’s railway stations. Please speak to us before booking your rail ticket to discuss times.

Tel: 07818 407060


Because of its location, with sheep, ponies and cattle grazing the moor year-round, we have to be extremely careful about dogs staying at The Old National School. Therefore, we allow only either 1 large, or 2 small dogs per stay. The house has an enclosed walled garden so you can relax in the garden knowing your dog is contained safely. Please note we do not provide, dog beds or towels for drying off your dog so you will need to bring your own. We ask guests not to allow their dogs on the furniture or in the bedrooms, as a consideration for guests who do not own dogs.

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